February 2, 2018 for 3 nights for 2 adults.
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Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection in Punta Islita, Costa Rica
Nestled within the pristine folds of Costa Rica, Hotel Punta Islita is the quintessential beachfront hideaway surrounded by layers of natural beauty. Both the editors and readers of Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure have lauded Hotel Punta Islita as among the world's best for its celebrated beauty, service and location. Scattered among its tiered terrain you will find a breadth of rooms, suites and casitas rich in architectural design, coveted seclusion and mesmerizing ocean vistas. Sway gently in an oversize hammock beneath your palapa-style terrace, or enjoy a quick dip in the private pool just beyond the door of your delightful bungalow. Enlist the services of a resort nanny and slip away to one of the on-site restaurants where tropical flavors merge with Costa Rican specialties.
Hotel Punta Islita lends itself to lazy and carefree days. Drape yourself atop a lounge chair next to the infinity-edge pool with a good book, challenging crossword puzzle or eye pillow to block out the sun. Saddled near the sea you will find the beach club, a social destination with a large swimming pool, beach access, a casual eatery and a swim-up bar where you can sip on savory salt-rimmed margaritas. The resort also includes a nine-hole golf course, tennis courts and a fitness facility. Do not forget to make a pilgrimage to the spa, where natural ingredients are used to knead tired limbs. Seasonal and year-round activities abound, from kayaking and snorkeling to romantic rides on horseback. A trip to one of the many enchanting villages should be at the very top of your list.
Location of Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection
Nearest Airport: LIR
Amenities for Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection
- General Information
- 30 Guest Rooms
- Ecologically Sustainable Practices
- Private Dining
- 2 Restaurants
- Swim-Up Bar
- Snack Bar
- On-Site Amenities
- Shuttle Service
- Spa on Property
- Laundry Service
- Gift Shop
- Fitness Center
- Tennis Courts
- Beach Club
- 9-Hole Golf Course
- 2 Outdoor Pools
- In-Room Amenities
- Air Conditioning
- Direct Dial Telephones
- Hair Dryers
- In-Room Safes
- Mini Bar
- Flat-Screen Televisions
- Private Pools
- Wildlife Viewing
- Cultural Tours
- Bird Watching
- Meeting Rooms
- Business Services
- Kids Spa Treatments
- Active & Adventure
- Eco Friendly Luxury Vacations
- Honeymoons & Romance
- Spa & Wellness
Reviews for Hotel Punta Islita, Autograph Collection
Wow! This was an unreal vacation. My boyfriend and I were so impressed with the views, the hospitality, the serenity, and the activities. Every minute of our week was incredible. HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!! I especially recommend this resort over the other touristy ones further north. We were looking at this or the JW Marriott, and chose this one for several reasons. We are soooooo glad we did. It's pretty small, so very few kids. We only saw 3 kids during our stay and they were all at the beach and the pool down there (the beach area is about a 10 minute walk so if you stay at the adult pool it really is like being at 2 separate resorts). We were a bit concerned about the bumpy ride up that everyone discussed in their reviews, but it was totally fine! It was unpaved, so a little bumpy, but that's all. I do recommend taking their shuttle though. There were people we spoke to that drove and it was tough if you don't have a large SUV (because you're going up a mountain). The other things some of the reviews mentioned was not being able to leave the resort. Yes, it is in the middle of no where but there's an infinite amount of activities. We were there for 6 days and were busy every day and had a couple days of relaxation by the infinity pool. It was perfect. Also, the little town of Punta Islita is cute!!! Highly recommend Restaurant Kambute. Hotel food is a bit pricey, but this restaurant which is a short walk (or shuttle ride) from the resort is amazing and really inexpensive. In terms of activities: We did all the free ones (I highly recommend the coffee and bread making, zip lining, and horseback riding) and we paid for the kayaking and infinite sunset. HIGHLY RECOMMEND infinite sunset - it was an INCREDIBLE view!!! Also, the hotel has little "casitas" and villas, so it looks less like a hotel and more like a little village. We loved it. Love this place and we will be coming back!
I could probably spend a good hour reviewing our week long stay here, there's that much good to be said about this place. To sum it all up though, this property is the least Marriott like of any I've ever stayed at and it's a wonderful thing. I've never met more friendly and courteous staff anywhere in the world, from the drivers to the concierge to servers and housekeepers, what everyone says is true. The rooms may not be modern luxury, but they're rustic and charming and still very comfortable. From the hammocks right outside the room, to a small jacuzzi or plunge pool (if you opt for it or get upgraded as a Platinum member), I love how secluded even the individual rooms felt. Only minor complaints were that the water pressure in the shower left a little to be desired, and there were also these tiny tiny ant looking insects that seemed to be all over the countertops (we eventually just got used to it). The activities offered here are enough for you to never have to venture outside the property, our favorites being the horseback rides, the monkey walk in the morning, and the mixology class which features different drinks depending on the bartenders presenting it (we took it 4 times during our stay). Both restaurants are nice with a varied menu offering plenty of choices, with our favorite being the BBQ buffet down at the beach. Although if you do want a change of place I highly recommend Don Ramiro in town. The little convenience store in the village is also a must top for water, drinks, etc and they even accept credit card. Both pools are nice with swim up bars, although the adult pool up top is by far where we spent the majority of the time enjoying the quiet and the view from the infinity pool. Breakfast was included with our stay and we were very impressed with the rotating selection. During our 7 night stay there were only 2 repeats of meat selections in the morning, and the omelette bar and various fresh fruits definitely impressed. The beach as others have mentioned may not feature the white sand and crystal clear waters of the Caribbean, but is still a fine one to spend time in the chairs, or walking along it and exploring all the way out to the "point" itself where you can catch a nice view of the sunset on the water. All in all, even after a 7 night stay we still didn't want to leave, and we certainly hope to return in the future.
shootermcgav1n - Atlanta, Georgia
In dramatic fashion, the roof blew off our vacation home during our stay in Costa Rica. The damage and additional winds expected made the house uninhabitable. Since the house was quite luxurious, we had not anticipated that taking "shelter" at Punta Islita would be an upgrade but it was! Our villa was serene, spacious, and relaxing. Loved the private mini pool, hammock, big shower, and comfortable beds. The staff was friendly and incredibly helpful. We will definitely be back someday!
Where do I begin? This out of the way resort (which for me adds to the appeal) is one of the most beautiful I've stayed at. Marvin, from the hotel, met us as we parked our car with cool face towels and a frozen fruit smoothie. Nice touch! He gave us an overview of the grounds and amenities. Included in the price is a great buffet breakfast, horseback riding, a zipline, golf (albeit a short par 3), a monkey watch hike, and cooking, art, and mixology classes. We enjoyed most of those in our 3 day stay, as well as kayaking and the Ara Project (macaw rehab/release). The rooms were very comfortable, grounds immaculate, and some if the views stunning. The infinity pool and swim-up bar added to the relaxing atmosphere. We had dinner at the hotel restaurant and found the food and service top-notch. On top if everything else the resort has shuttle service that takes you practically anywhere you need to go.
JohnF_1959 - Naperville, IL USA
Nice and comfortable hotel overlooking the Pacific in a very remote and quit area along the coast of Guanacaste. Could be reached on a well-maintained dirt road. A different story in the rainy season of course. Good spot to head up north to Samara or south to the very nice beach of Playa San Miguel. We booked a suite (cabin 27) with a pleasant patio, reasonable views and an outside whirlpool. As there are no restaurants close by we depended on having dinner at the hotel where we very much enjoyed their dishes and friendly service. Did not play the 9-holes golf course but went over to their Coco's beach club with good surfing. Only point of observation is that the pizotes (raccoon family) are getting quit a nuisance so hope that the guests will stop feeding them.
lex195 - Hilversum, The Netherlands